Technology and movies blamed for Malawi’s dying culture

An upcoming cultural organisation, Kukaya Cultural Dancing Troupe, says the dying of Malawian culture is being fuelled by the increased use of technology and the influx of Nigerian movies.

Kukaya Cultural Dancing Troupe executive director Emmanuel Mlonga Ngwira made the remarks on the sidelines of an event held in preparation for a cultural day to be held in Mzimba soon.

He said a lot of youths, parents and the elderly are being carried away by Nigerian movies and western life.

“A country without a culture is a dead country. It’s an open secret that most cultures in Malawi are dying and our youths are swallowed by western cultures, Nigerian movies and all these things they see on their phones and internet,” said Ngwira.

He said there is a need to protect our culture which plays a pivotal role in ensuring a country’s identity.

Ngwira said this has compelled Kukaya Cultural Dancing Troupe to embark on a project which will facilitate cultural clubs formation in educational institutions.

“We want to come up with clubs in various primary and secondary schools with an aim of promoting and preserving various cultures,” he said.

Mzimba North youth legislator Charity Jere commended the step taken by the cultural troupe and urged youths to embrace their cultures.

“I commend Kukaya Cultural Dancing Troupe especially as they are also looking into the issue of migration which comes with a lot of problems for the youth,” she said.

Kukaya Cultural Dancing Troupe started in 1995 with the aim of protecting, preserving and revamping various aspects of Malawian culture using drama, poetry and traditional dances, among others.

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